OddThinking

A blog for odd things and odd thoughts.

Light Up Puzzle

Long-term readers (given the radio silence, do I have any other type?) will remember that I wrote a Puzzle Solving Framework to help solve “newspaper” pencil-and-paper puzzles. I’ve been thinking of preparing a presentation about it for a local Python group, so I decided to implement another one. Introducing Light Up Light Up is an […]

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Categories: Puzzle Solving,S/W Dev
Tags: puzzles

You Suck at Hangman

So, you think you are pretty good at Hangman? You think you have what it takes?

Well, I am here to tell you the truth.

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Categories: Puzzle Solving,Thoughts from the Shower
Tags: dictionary, games, puzzles, words

Battleship Strategy

I have often considered writing a Battleship-playing AI, but I never have.

Now, I discover, there is a Battleship-playing AI competition, which I don’t have the time (or .NET experience) to enter.

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A Critique of Three Puzzles and a Poem

In which Julian grumbles pointlessly about a couple of word puzzles and a kid’s poem, and then is reminded of a better example of a word puzzle, discovers something interesting about a puzzle’s origin, and goes off a little happier.

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Categories: Uncategorized
Tags: linguistics, puzzles, use-mention

Transitioning + CISRA Puzzles

I’ve been quiet lately, because I have been working hard on transitioning to a new web host provider. I am sure there will be a few posts about that once the dust has settled. Hopefully any down time during the transition will be kept to a minimum. If I did have spare time, I wouldn’t […]

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A Hat Trick of Trick Questions

  1. What colour was the Lone Ranger’s white horse?
  2. Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?
  3. Who wrote Gray’s Anatomy?
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Meta-Gaming and Hitori

In response to a few questions, I will attempt to explain the heart of my meta-gaming issue in more detail with an example from Hitori.

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Ethics of Puzzle Solving Techniques

I started to read the question: “Anthony and Janet are chemistry students and are having an argument about-”

“Stop there!” interrupted my father!

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Pursuing Sudoku with Pseudo-code

A study of the solvability of a puzzle that growing in popularity

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Puzzling over Puzzles

To solve a puzzle from a newspaper is to win a battle. But can you win the war?

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Categories: Puzzle Solving,S/W Dev,Tribal Affiliation
Tags: philosophy, puzzles